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TUGS AT THE HEART STRINGS: Stan Beaton hears his late wife's voice after more than 10 years.

He thought his late wife's voicemail was lost forever. But then a miracle happened.

Top 10 open homes under $500k gallery


Planning on a little bit of house-hunting this weekend? These are our top 10 to check out around the country.

Aussie cricketer's $9.6 mill mansion

Shane Watson has spent $9 million on a Bronte, Sydney mansion.

The cricketer has followed in the footsteps Michael Clarke and spent serious cash in Sydney.

Heidi's style tips for Kiwi women

Heidi Klum visits Auckland to launch her Intimates collection at SkyCity Casino.

Supermodel advises Kiwi women to ditch the heels and miniskirts ... but struggles to find a NZ designer to wear on her whistlestop trip.

Consents hit 7-year high

CHRISTCHURCH CONSENTS UP 27 PER CENT: Pictured is a design for an apartment building in Barbadoes Street, Christchurch, designed by Context Architects.

Consents for new dwellings jumped 16 per cent last year, to levels not seen since 2007.

Best lessons from style icons

Kate Moss and Billy Kennedy, in the first picture from BBC One's forthcoming The Boy in The Dress.

The most helpful tricks you can steal from Kate Moss, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez et al.

DIY: Make your own terrarium gallery

EASY DIY: Terrariums are a fun, easily personable way to bring greenery into your home decor.

Easy to care for and easy to make yourself, terrariums are a fun addition to any style of home decor.

Pole work takes sheer strength video

South Pole Dance co-owners Morina Colyer and Saniya Yusipova in their new Leet Street studio.

Caitlin Salter confirms it takes strength to master pole dancing.

Emojis can improve your mental health

HELPFUL AND FUN: A new app combines the thoughtfulness of keeping a diary with the unabashed joy of emojis.

How you can combine a love of emojis with a resolution to keep a more regular diary.

Move over The Block...

NEW HOME RENO': This house will be part of another home renovation series hitting our screens early February. Three houses in total were purchased in West Auckland at the end of last year, and three couples will work to renovate the do-ups in hopes of a profit.

What can viewers expect on the new home renovation show hitting our screens next month?

Daily street style: January gallery


Your daily dose of real Kiwi fashion.

Park your plane here

Crafar Crouch contractors build the roads at the 16-section residential airpark on land adjacent to Sounds Air Ltd's Koromiko airfield.

Sixteen houses, each with their own aeroplane hangar, are being built between Blenheim and Picton.

Brutus the Rottweiler's tears for Hank

Brutus the dog grieves

Brutus the Rottweiler grieves for his brother, Hank.

Pub walk to show off craft beer scene

Stephanie Coutts and Ryan McArthur of the Craft Beer College get ready for their walking tour which begins at Garage Project this Saturday.

Craft beer enthusiasts set to guide their first walking tour of popular, inner-city breweries and bars.

Brain pathway linked to overeating

THE BINGEING PATHWAY: It's likely this brain circuit evolved to support bingeing - an evolutionary beneficial behaviour in pre-agricultural times when high-sugar foods were scarce and seasonal.

Struggling to put down that pack of chips or chocolate? It's all because of a pathway in your brain.

Bootcamp classes proving popular

Free: Craig Wilson keeps baby Jamieson Randall happy while his mum works out.

Neighbourhood police and Christchurch fitness enthusiasts are giving anyone and everyone the chance to improve their wellbeing at no cost.

Do we have a 'fattist' culture?

SLIMMER AND HAPPIER: Sara Enoka and Andy Jenkins each lost more than 20kg after publicly funded weight loss surgery and believe more people should benefit from it.

While other countries have embraced surgery as a cost-effective way of fighting morbid obesity, a reluctance remains in New Zealand.

Heidi Klum showcases Bendon range gallery

The supermodel takes a sip of Kiwi favourite L&P. But did she like it?

Celebrities mixed with scantily-clad models as supermodel Heidi Klum unveiled her lingerie collection in Auckland.

Pylon to enhance plants video

Garden-bound: Work gets under way to remove four large pylons and a series of overhead powerlines crossing a new residential subdivision near Christchurch.

Oscar Waghorn is not sure what he will do with an old 30-metre-high power pylon but says it is "not every day you can buy" one.

The pricey placebo effect

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Parkinson's Disease patients secretly treated with a placebo instead of their regular medication performed better when told they were receiving a more expensive version of the "drug," researchers reported Wednesday in an unprecedented study that involved real patients.

The week's best & worst dressed gallery


Felt wigs, ghostly underboob and fishnet bloomers make up the worst this week. Yes, actually.

Amal Clooney's amazing comeback

ALL WHILE WEARING EDE & RAVENSCROFT: Clooney is currently representing Armenia against the leader of the Turkish Workers Party.

She's in court fighting a genocide case. She's asked "who she's wearing". Her reply is priceless.

Feminist house full of history

COLOURFUL PAST: Winn Rd was home to two communes in the 1970s.

An unassuming Auckland street was home to an urban commune founded by a "bunch of radical feminists".

A festival to make you feel good

PADDLEBOARD YOGA:  Festival goers will test their balance on the waters of Lake Taupo.

Need a boost in mindfulness and healthy living?

Son's short life inspires career change

The death of Debi Piper's son Eli left her needing to find a purpose.

Mariana's Motiti Island swim

BIG EFFORT: Mariana Morrison will attempt to swim from Motiti Island to Maketu.

Mariana Morrison will attempt a 11km swim in open water to raise awareness for Hospice Rotorua.

Marmite Easter eggs are a thing


Fancy some yeast spread in your chocolate treat?

Introducing Tom & Danielle gallery

Tom & Danielle's wedding

They tied the knot in a beautiful flower-filled private garden. However it wasn't love at first sight ...

Canterbury houses dearer

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Canterbury homes are 12 per cent less affordable than a year ago as increases in house prices and interest rates outstrip wage rises.

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